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J Perinat Med. 1990;18(6):455-8.

Adherence of group B streptococci to buccal epithelial cells in neonates with different gestational ages.

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Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Abstract

Adherence of group B streptococci to buccal epithelial cells was determined in 81 neonates with different gestational ages. There was a significant curvilinear increase in adherence in premature neonates with decreasing gestational ages. Amniotic fluid did not inhibit attachment of group B streptococci to epithelial cells. Increased adherence of group B streptococci to premature neonates may explain, in part, the increased susceptibility of these infants to disease from this organism.

PMID:
2097337
DOI:
10.1515/jpme.1990.18.6.455
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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